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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 5: September 23, 2005

UND has third-highest enrollment with 12,954

Officials at the University are happy with the third-week enrollment count that exceeded expectations in light of higher admission standards in effect for the first time this semester. The 12,954 students is UND’s third-highest third-week number.

“We are quite pleased with this third-week enrollment, especially given the fact that consultants told us we could have 500-600 fewer new freshmen this fall as a result of raising our admissions standards. Even with the new standards, we exceeded our strategic planning goal of 1,850 new freshmen,” said Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services. UND has 1,884 new freshmen and 689 new transfer students.

And every indication is that this is academically the best-prepared freshmen class that the University of North Dakota has ever had. The incoming freshman class has an overall ACT score of 23.4, compared 22.7 last year. “That says volumes about what students think of UND — that we provide a high-quality education at a great value,” Boyd said.

UND has more returning undergraduate students than ever before. Although UND had large graduations in the winter, spring and summer, nearly 8,000 undergraduate students (7,925) returned for a 3 percent increase.
The number of North Dakota students (7,032) is down slightly (-2.2 percent), but some of that may be linked to those large graduations.

UND has seen growth in some key feeder states. The number of students from Minnesota is 3,681, up 178 (5.1 percent), almost identical to last year’s Minnesota student increase of 177 (5.3 percent).

Likewise, the University is showing strong growth from its targeted feeder states, including Arizona (36, up 80 percent), California (125, up 43.7 percent), Colorado (134, up 27.6 percent), Nevada (24, up 50 percent), Oregon (44, up 7.3 percent), Washington (171, up 20.4 percent), and Wyoming (95, up 35.7 percent).

While the third-week tally is the official enrollment number reported to the North Dakota University System Office, it is not the last word on enrollment at UND. The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is also providing educational opportunities for 240 students who don’t show up in UND’s final enrollment snapshot. These aviation students are part of UND’s partnerships with other institutions of higher learning across the United States.

The North Dakota University System has also started producing a report that counts the total number of students taking credit within a calendar year. The first report, issued in January 2005, showed UND with 15,192 students taking credit in 2003-04. President Charles Kupchella has predicted that the next report will also show more than 15,000 students taking credit at UND in 2004-05.

What doesn’t get counted, said Kupchella, is an additional 10,500 people who participate in workshops, conferences, and similar learning opportunities through the Division of Continuing Education. These people also aren’t included in the official third-week count.

“So altogether, the University of North Dakota will directly serve about 26,000 people this year,” Kupchella said.
UND final third-week enrollments since President Kupchella became UND’s 10th president: 2004: 13,187; 2003: 13,034; 2002: 12,423; 2001: 11,764; 2000: 11,031; 1999: 10,590.

President Kupchella delivers “State of the University” address Oct. 18

President Kupchella will deliver his annual State of the University address Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.


Research division awards $50,000 to faculty in arts, humanities, social work

The Division of Research has awarded 15 grants to faculty members in the arts, humanities and social sciences — units on campus that have less opportunity to vie for funding from federal and other sources, said Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso.

To support new initiatives in traditionally underfunded disciplines, the Division of Research made available $50,000 to be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty in those areas. They received 21 proposals for a total of $192,094.54 and made 15 awards for a total of $49,997.

Proposals were judged by a committee of faculty members from departments in the arts, humanities, and social sciences chaired by Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research, on the basis of the significance of the project, the quality of the work, the likelihood of the project being completed, and the likely benefit to the University. The committee consisted of Arthur Jones, Jim Mochoruk, Katherine Norman, David Perry, Paul Todhunter, Clifford Staples, and Gary Towne.

The recipients and their departments are Virgil Benoit (modern and classical languages and literatures), Eric Burin (history), Kathleen Dixon (English), Kim Fink (art), Sergio Gallo (music), Birgit Hans (Indian studies), Wendelin Hume, Michael Meyer, Roni Mayzer, and Martin Gottschalk (all criminal justice), Charles Miller (philosophy and religion), Donald Miller (art), Thomas Petros (psychology), Ty Reese (history), Kevin Romig and Roni Mayzer (geography and criminal justice), Claudia Routon (modern and classical languages and literature), Jeffrey Weatherly, Alan King, and J. Douglas McDonald (all psychology).

– Peter Alfonso, vice president for research


Seminar will discuss cumulus clouds

Baike Xi, assistant research professor in atmospheric sciences, will present “Radiation Budget of Cumulus Clouds,” Friday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in 132 Ryan Hall. Faculty, staff and students are invited.

– Atmospheric sciences


Teaching expert will discuss work at colloquium

Marilla Svinicki, faculty member in educational psychology and director of the Center for Teacher Effectiveness at the University of Texas at Austin, will be the keynote speaker at the second All-Campus Colloquium on Reflecting on Teaching Friday, Sept. 23. Svinicki is an expert on student motivation and pedagogical practice, with a special interest in questions about how we engage students in more effective learning.

– Joan Hawthorne, writing center


Interment ceremony honors those who donated bodies for education

An interment service set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Grand Forks will honor the memory of those who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Family members and friends are invited to attend the service at Memorial Park Cemetery, Gateway Drive and Columbia Road, as the UND medical school pays respect and recognizes those donors who have resided throughout North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

“The interment service is a special time to recognize and thank a group of men and women who have made whole-body donations in a sincere effort to impact positively our teaching program,” said Edward Carlson, professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology, “and to make a profound difference in the lives of many young aspiring physicians. The value of this gift is immense and cannot be overstated.”

The medical school arranges for this ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of donors who have chosen to be interred in the UND medical school plot. Relatives of the donors have been invited. Medical school faculty, staff and students may also attend.

The service will be officiated by the Rev. Jerry Bass of Wesley United Methodist Church and Fr. Gerard Braun of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, both of Grand Forks. The service is open to the public. Please use the 10th Avenue North entrance off Columbia Road; signs will be posted designating the exact location.

– Anatomy and cell biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Brazilian conductor will give piano recital

The music department will hold a piano recital by Mauricy Martin Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the Hughes Fine Arts Center.

Dr. Martin is one of the leading piano professors in Brazil. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at the State University of Campinas. He holds degrees in piano performance from the Indiana University and Boston University, where he was a student of world-renowned artist Anthony Bonaventura. This is his second appearance at UND; he will play works by Haydn, Chopin, and South American composers Ginastera and Fernandez.

– Music


Ellis Island historian, immigration expert to speak at library

One of the leading authorities on Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Barry Moreno, will speak at the Chester Fritz Library Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Moreno is the librarian and historian for the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. He is a prolific author and has recently published the book Castle Garden 1819-1890, which chronicles activities at Castle Garden Immigrant Depot and the growth of immigration into the United States. His presentation will focus on Castle Garden and the immigrant experience. His talk is sponsored by the Chester Fritz Library and the Department of History.

— Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 26, in 305 Twamley Hall at 3:05 p.m.

1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 19.
2. Appointment of sub-committee to review appeals process.
3. Review of graduate faculty nominations.
4. Matters arising.
5. Adjourn.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Medical school celebrates centennial with open house, symposium, gala

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is celebrating its centennial through a series of events during Homecoming week Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

Learn more about YOUR medical school!

Monday, Sept. 26, marks the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes at the UND medical school. In celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion, the medical school is hosting a free community open house for the entire family, from 3-6:30 p.m.
Free activities include:

  • 3 to 4 p.m.
    Listen in while Merrill Piepkorn from North Dakota Public Radio broadcasts his show, “Hear it Now,” live from the medical school (upper level, Vennes Atrium).
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Meet John Vennes, the author of the medical school’s centennial book North Dakota, Heal Thyself, and purchase your copy (upper level, Vennes Atrium).
    • Receive a health assessment by UND medical students and the wellness center.
    • The assessment includes blood pressure, pulse, body mass index and glucose readings and a listing of suggested tests, examinations and immunizations.
    • Have your posture and balance screened by students and faculty of the physical therapy department.
    • Explore more than 30 exhibits and displays on virtually every department and program within the UND medical school.
    • Take your picture in a turn-of-the-century doctor’s office (lower level, Vennes Atrium).
    • Tour the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, featuring the History of Medicine Reading Room with the Barger book collection and Harley E. French memorabilia, and demonstrations of resources available to the public.
    • Craft activities and water tattoos for the kids!
    • Snack on free popcorn, apples and of course, birthday cake!
      On the half hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
    • Learn more about the UND medical school’s history and its connection to the state of North Dakota by viewing the centennial video, “Heritage of Healing.”
    • Discover the medical advancements being achieved through research at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences by viewing the video “Speed of Life, Speed of Life.”
    • Sit in on readings from North Dakota, Heal Thyself, a new book which captures the 100-year history of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, or enjoy a fun game of medical trivia. Did you know that in 1905, the year the UND medical school was forming, marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores?
      On the half hour from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
    • Tour a research lab, meet the scientist who does the research, and attend a short presentation on what research is being done at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    • Take a guided tour of the UND medical school building (formerly St. Michael’s Hospital)
    • Attend The Anatomy Lesson: Exploring the Wonder of the Human Body. Master’s and doctoral students from anatomy and cell biology will demonstrate preserved human organs and skeletal materials that are used for teaching anatomy at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The Anatomy Lesson provides an opportunity to learn more about the structure of the human body and also to learn more about UND’s deeded body program.
    • Learn about Clinical Laboratory Scientists: The Detectives of Diagnostic Medicine. Participate in an investigation of a clinical patient case in a mock clinical lab. The investigation will include a hands-on demonstration of how specimens received in the laboratory are tested. The clues given from the test results will illustrate the role of the medical detective team.
  • Distinguished alumni symposium
    As a way to honor some of the medical school’s distinguished alumni during its centennial celebration, each department named one alumnus to come back to campus and present a talk on Friday, Sept. 30. Over the lunch hour that day, there will also be a panel discussion with several past deans of the medical school.

    For a list of the presenters and their topics and to register, visit: Continuing medical education credit has been applied for.
  • Centennial gala
    All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend the Centennial Gala on the evening of Friday, Sept. 30, at the Alerus Center. The social begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. The event promises to be a grand evening to include dinner, program and dancing to the music of The Dick King Swing Band. Call 777-4078 to purchase tickets.

    Childcare is available for the evening. Click here for details:
  • North Dakota, Heal Thyself
    North Dakota, Heal Thyself, a new book which captures the 100-year history of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is now available for sale. Professor Emeritus John Vennes and journalist Patrick McGuire recount the dramatic story of how a tiny medical school that opened its doors 100 years ago has grown into a vibrant institution that serves as a national model for community-based medical education and rural health care.

    Vennes will participate in several book signings during Homecoming week including during the community open house on Sept. 26. On Tuesday, Sept. 27 the UND Barnes & Noble bookstore will host a book signing from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 1, Vennes will also sign books right before the parade from 9 to 10 a.m. at the medical school’s Vennes Atrium.

    For more information and to order, visit:

Homecoming schedule available online

The UND Alumni Association and Foundation and Telesis, the UND student alumni association, will host Homecoming Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.

Events include a blood drive, ice cream social, Sioux Award Banquet, Sioux Search Talent Show, Homecoming dance featuring the Johnny Holm Band, kids carnival, 5K/10K walk/run, parade, pre-game party, football game, and Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.

For a full list of events and/or to register, call 777-2611 or visit

— Stacey Majkrzak, Alumni Association & Foundation


Blood drive challenge pits UND vs. NDSU

The first three to step up to the needle to give blood at the UND vs. NDSU student organization blood drive on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. will be Tim O’Keefe, CEO, Alumni Association and Foundation; Shelle Michaels, special events coordinator for Alumni and Homecoming director; and Susanne Straus, alumni human resources director.

This blood drive will take place during Homecoming, at the UND Memorial Union River Valley Room. The drive’s hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26, 27, and 28.

The blood drive is organized by Telesis, the UND Alumni Association student organization.

Right now, blood is critical for the Red Cross, so give a little, and assist UND’s outreach while winning the traveling trophy. Sign up now.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Erin Anderson, donor resource coordinator, Dak Minn Blood Bank, (701) 780-5326


Community benefit will help hurricane survivors

A community fund raiser, Mardi Gras: Rally for Relief, with entertainment, auctions and family fun and games, will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Alerus Center.

Fine Print of Grand Forks will invite people to sign a giant “You Can Do It” card. The extra-large card with many pages will be shipped to a location where hurricane survivors can take encouragement from it.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations can volunteer to set up booths at the event with a family game or activity. The deadline to sign up for a booth is Sept. 23. There is no charge to participate. For more information or to sign up, call (701) 317-0485 (local call from Grand Forks).

Those wishing to donate items to the live and silent auctions or cash sponsorships can contact Jason Melin at or 780-1179.

Individuals wishing to volunteer to help with the rally can contact Lisa Davis at or 780-1105.
The event is organized by the Grand Forks Herald, The Exponent, Dakota Student, WDAZ, KVLY, KXJB, KBRR, Red River Broadcasting, Studio 1, Leighton Broadcasting, Clear Channel, SimmonsFlint, the cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, The Chamber, UND, and the Alerus Center.

All proceeds collected at the rally will benefit Katrina relief funds at the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

– Shelle Michaels, Alumni Association and Foundation


Vera Drake will show in Lecture Bowl

The next film in the Global Visions Film Series is Vera Drake, Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Admission is free.

Nominated for three Academy Awards for best actress, best director, and best original screenplay, Vera Drake is a film by Mike Leigh. Imelda Staunton gives an award-winning performance as Vera Drake, a devoted wife and mother in 1950s England. Unbeknownst to her family, Vera secretly helps women terminate unwanted pregnancies. When she is arrested, her entire world unravels, leading to a very dramatic, emotional ending.

– Marcia Mikulak, anthropology


Box lunch session focuses on assessing group work

“Assessing Group Work” will be the topic of the next On Teaching box lunch discussion, scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Memorial Room of the Union.

The session will feature a discussion of some of the problems associated with group projects, as well as options for group assessment that address those problems. If you have time before the session, you might want to peruse this web site, which outlines a number of interesting options: If you have developed your own group grading rubrics or other materials that might be of interest to others, please bring them along.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, Sept. 23.

– Libby Rankin, instructional development


Three will receive Sioux Award at Homecoming

Three distinguished alumni will receive the Sioux Award, the UND Alumni Association’s highest honor, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Alerus Center. Those accepting the award will be The Honorable Beryl J. (Choslovsky) Levine, ’74; Wes Rydell, ’64; and William Schwartz, M.D., ’55. For tickets to The Sioux Award Banquet, contact Barb at, (701) 777-4078 or go to

  • The Honorable Beryl J. (Choslovsky) Levine, ’74, was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She attended University of Manitoba from 1952-1955 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1964. She moved to the United States in 1955 and earned a law degree from UND in 1974. Upon graduation from law school, Beryl joined a law firm in Fargo and practiced for 10 years. On Jan. 17, 1985, she was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court by Gov. George A. Sinner, becoming the first woman ever afforded that honor and privilege in North Dakota. She was elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term in 1986, and on Nov. 9, 1988, was elected to a 10-year term. She chaired the judicial planning committee, which established a commission on gender fairness in the courts and legal profession. She also chaired the joint procedures committee. In 1996 she received a Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association. She served 11 years and one month before resigning from the court on March 1, 1996. She and her husband, Leonard, reside in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Wes Rydell, ..’64, attended UND in the early 1960s. His father, Leonard Rydell, began operating the Chevrolet dealership in Grand Forks in 1954 and sold it to Wes in 1976. From this single store the Rydell organization has grown to 62 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, and California. Currently, he is the dealer principal at Rydell General Motors (GM) Auto Center and Nissan Honda Cartiva, both in Grand Forks; Crookston Pontiac Buick GMC, Crookston, Minn.; and Saturn of St. Paul in White Bear Lake, Mounds View, Inver Grove Heights, and St. Paul, all in Minnesota. He is also chief executive officer of Cartiva Inc., a company created to develop management systems and software for car stores.

    In 1994 the Rydell Company was formed, with Wes named CEO, which provides opportunities for Rydell employees to become dealers or owners. Currently, many of the individual dealerships in the Rydell group are owned by employees that have been developed internally.

    Wes has served on numerous boards, including twice on the GM President’s Dealer Advisory Council and on Saturn’s franchise operation team. He served as president of Chevrolet’s national dealer council, and is a three-time recipient of the Jack Smith General Motors Dealer of the Year Award.

    He continues to be active in the management of the Grand Forks store and lives in Grand Forks with his wife, Vivian. They have three sons, Bob, Brian and Dave, who are all involved with the Rydell Group stores.

  • William Schwartz, M.D., ’55, was born May 7, 1931, in Cando, N.D. He attended Cando school and later graduated from the University of California in Berkeley. He went on to medical school at UND and the University of Utah. After completing an internship and residency at the University of Miami, he became chief medical resident in medicine in 1960. He then held a private practice in San Mateo, Calif., from 1961-1993. He also served as chief of medicine at Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo.

    In 1988 he assisted in starting a free medical clinic in his community, which has grown to two full-time, free medical clinics: Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic-San Mateo and Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic-Redwood City.

    He and his wife, Florette, reside in Hillsborough , Calif. They have two children and two grandchildren.
    The Sioux Award dates back to 1949, when it was known as the Service Award. It is given to UND alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor and who are selected by the Citations Committee on the basis of achievement, service and loyalty.

– Alumni Association


Leadership series continues

Eric Trueblook and Whitney Beck, UND emerging leaders coordinators, will present “Integrity” Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Badlands Room, second floor, Memorial Union, as part of the leadership series to be held Wednesdays through Oct. 19. The leadership series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students. The workshop is free and open to the entire University community.

The remaining schedule for the series follows.

  • Oct. 5, “Sometimes Leaders Need to Sell Popcorn,” Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation;
  • Oct. 12, “The Seven Things Highly Effective Leaders Don’t Do,” Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services;
  • Oct. 19, “Leadership Through Crisis: Never Leave a Fallen Comrade,” CSM Kevin Remington and Sgt. Brandon Erickson, North Dakota Army National Guard. This workshop will be held in the Memorial Union Memorial Ballroom.

For more information, call 777-2898 or e-mail

— Memorial Union


Medical school dean's hour to focus on diagnosing breast cancer with MRIs

"Future Directions in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Staging with MR Imaging" is the title of the next Dean's Hour at noon Thursday, Sept. 29, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Bruce Porter, director of the First Hill Diagnostic Imaging Center in Seattle, Wash., and clinical associate professor of radiology at the University of Washington, will present the talk, which is free and open to the public, in the Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 N. Columbia Rd.

Porter, a 1972 graduate of the UND medical school, has written for publication more than 30 scientific papers, particularly focusing on advanced clinical applications of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

The presentation will be broadcast at the following video conference sites: Southwest Campus Conference Room B and Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed on the medical school's web page at and through Internet video conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school's CRISTAL Recorder (call 777-2329 for details).

The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the office of the dean, 777-2514.

-- School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Saturday recruitment dates listed

Enrollment services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. Knowing that advance notice is useful as you plan your year’s activities, please consider this summary of the main Saturday events for which your assistance is requested. Please mark your calendars to save the date; more specific details will precede each event. You’ll notice that our Saturday large-group activities are focused around just three weekends throughout the year in an attempt to minimize extra workload for faculty and staff.
Saturday recruitment events:
Oct. 29, fall open house (audience is mainly high school seniors); Feb. 4, spring open house (audience is mainly high school juniors and transfer students); April 8, transfer student Getting Started, hosted by student academic services (audience is transfer students needing advisement and course registration).
Thanks in advance for your assistance. — Kenton Pauls, director of enrollment services.


Speaker on American Indian health to deliver nursing Homecoming lecture

Roxanne Struthers will present the College of Nursing Homecoming lecture, “Indigenous Traditional Healing: Stories of the Healers and Those Healed,” Friday, Sept. 30, 2 to 4 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The lectureship and social are free and open to the public.

Struthers will also be presented with the College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni award. Elizabeth Tyree, chair of family and community nursing, nominated Struthers. Struthers is “an accomplished researcher and Indian nurse educator. She has a national reputation as one of the fewer than 15 Native American doctorally-prepared nurses,” said Tyree. “She is an authentic, engaging human being who influences her world to be more caring, more considerate and better informed about the health needs of all populations.”

The award is presented to nursing alumni who have excelled in service to the nursing profession, their community, church, country, or UND, as well as demonstrated leadership and excellence in the nursing profession.

Struthers is an internationally recognized researcher and speaker on American Indian health and has published numerous articles. She received her master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on rural health, from UND in 1996; she is currently an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

– Nursing


Farewell coffee will honor Vorland, Penwarden

Please join us Friday, Sept. 30, for a farewell coffee honoring two longtime members of the University family, Dave Vorland and Jim Penwarden, both of University relations. The event is set for 3 to 4 p.m. in the Twamley Hall Snack Bar dining room, fourth floor.

Dave Vorland retired as director of University relations July 1 and, after completing special projects for the president’s office, will leave the UND staff Sept. 30. He has worked for UND from 1968-1970, and from 1973-2005. Jim Penwarden, associate director of University relations, will retire Oct. 4. He has worked here from 1964-1968 and 1970-2005. Together, they have served the University for more than 70 years, working under the administrations of Presidents Starcher, Clifford, Baker, and Kupchella. Join us for coffee as we visit with them and remember these remarkable decades at the University.

- University relations


Alumni Association will host open house

Enjoy cookies and lemonade at the Alumni Association open house Friday, Sept. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center.

– Shelle Michaels, special projects coordinator, Alumni Association and Foundation


Centennial All-School Gala set for Sept. 30

You are cordially invited to attend the Centennial All-School Gala for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at the Alerus Center Ballroom, 1200 42nd St. S., Grand Forks. The evening will include a social at 6 p.m., dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. and dancing to the music of The Dick King Swing Band. Tickets are $40 per person. Please contact Monica at or 777-2002 to make your reservation or for more information.

– Wendy Opsahl, alumni relations coordinator, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Chamber music recital set for Sept. 30

Collaborative pianists Lisa Anderson and Jennifer Moore will present a recital of chamber music Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The program will feature Mozart, Faure, and a composition written for Anderson. Christopher Anderson and Suzanne Harmon will be guest artists.

– Music


Greater Grand Forks Symphony opens “Season of Five Batons”

Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium is opening night for the 2005-2006 season of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony. This year’s concert series features five guest conductors, all finalists in the symphony’s national search for a new music director. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($17/$12/$5) are available from the Chester Fritz Box office at 777-4090.

The first guest conductor/finalist is Lawrence Golan, director of orchestral studies, professor of conducting and conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Golan is noted for his success in bringing classical music to new audiences and founded the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra for that purpose. He has served as principal guest conductor of the Bolshoi National Opera and Ballet
Theatre of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, and music director/conductor of the Portland Ballet Orchestra.

Appearing with Mr. Golan, internationally acclaimed pianist and recording artist Vladimir Viardo will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Viardo was born in the Caucasus Mountains near the Black Sea. He was first brought to international acclaim in 1971 after winning the Gran Prix and Prix du Prince Rainier in the Maguerite Long- Jacques Thibaud Competition held in Paris. In 1973, he was the top prizewinner of the Van Cliburn Competition where he also won a special prize for Rachmaninoff and Contemporary Works. Maestro Viardo has performed at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and has appeared as a soloist with Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sergio Comissiona, among many others. Viardo is in high demand both as a teacher and performer and will conduct a master class at Hughes Fine Arts Center Friday, Sept. 20, free and open to ticketholders of the Oct. 1 concert.

The third work on the program will be the North Dakota premiere of a new work by contemporary composer J. Mark Scearce titled “XL.” At its premiere, John Lambert of Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote “Scearce’s ‘XL’ is short, compact and loaded with kaleidoscopic delights. It bubbles and seethes with energy and is richly colored and brilliantly scored. It raised the roof, as Scearce had told his pre-concert audience it would do. It’s a good piece to celebrate a new hall, a new beginning, and a period of renewed growth for our orchestra, our community and our nation … this piece needs to be heard, again and again.”

– Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Concert will benefit hurricane survivors

“Songs of Comfort and Hope: A Benefit Concert for Victims of Hurricane Katrina” will be presented Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 9th St. S. A free will offering will be taken for the ECLA Domestic Disaster Response.

Performs include singers David Adams, Royce Blackburn and Louise Pinkerton, a brass ensemble directed by Robert Brooks, and many more. Music will include Dixieland, bluegrass, contemporary and classical pieces. Seating will begin at 7 p.m.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Louise Pinkerton, Greater Grand Forks Symphony


Celebrate Uruguay Monday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Join us Monday, Oct. 3, to celebrate the culture of Uruguay. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


Reception will honor Nancy Krogh

The University community is invited to a farewell reception for Nancy Krogh Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

University registrar since July 1, 2000, Krogh earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UND in 1987, her master’s from Eastern Montana College in 1992, and a doctorate in higher education and adult learning from Montana State in 1997. While at UND she led the development of numerous institutional articulation agreements, served as secretary of the University Senate, and was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the PeopleSoft system.

Please join us in thanking her for her many contributions to UND. We wish her well in her new position as registrar at the University of Idaho.

– Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost


Agenda items due for Oct. 6 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the registrar’s office by noon Thursday, Sept. 22. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate


Christus Rex hosts book study

Christus Rex will host a book study of Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics Thursdays at noon, Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Snacks and beverages provided. Please contact Christus Rex at 775-5581 to reserve a book, available at a discounted rate of $15.

– Christus Rex


Steenerson benefit set for Oct. 9

A benefit for the Brian Steenerson family will be held at Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls, Minn., Sunday, Oct. 9. A free-will offering dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a silent auction. Donations may also be sent to the Evangelical Free Church, c/o Brian Steenerson, 211 Arnold Ave. N., Thief River Falls, MN 56701.

Brian, who works in the registrar’s office, is suffering from a serious illness and will be unable to work for several months during his recovery. Please make out checks to Brian Steenerson.

– Nancy Krogh, registrar


Lecture series marks 100th anniversary of theory of relativity

The physics department will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with a public lecture series Oct. 11 to Nov. 8. The series is part of The World Year of Physics.

The series will introduce the special and general theories of relativity in four public lectures at 100 Leonard Hall on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. They will be presented by William Schwalm and Timothy Young, both physics.

“One amazing thing about the Theory of Relativity,” Schwalm said, “is that many parts of it are accessible to a person with very little training. To work out some of the interesting consequences requires only a little bit of high school math.”

“Special Theory of Relativity,” the first lecture set for Oct. 11, will discuss the strange consequences of relativity of motion, simultaneity, time dilation, and length contraction.

The second lecture, “Geometry of Space and Time,” will be held Oct. 18 and will discuss four-dimensional world, universal speed limit, E=mc2, twin paradox, and how relativity preserves causality.

“General Relativity and Gravity,” the third lecture scheduled for Nov. 1, will cover the curvature of spacetime, aging in a gravitational field, and gravitational lensing.

The final lecture, “Black Holes,” will be held Nov. 8 and covers the creation and anatomy of black holes, gravitational waves, cosmology and the large-scale structure of space and time.

Each lecture will be followed by a session for individuals interested in learning more technical details.

— William Schwalm, professor of physics, 777-3530, and Timothy Young, assistant professor of physics, 777-4709


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for October 3-6. Visit our web site for additional workshops. Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

  • Excel XP, Beginning: Oct. 3, 5, and 6, 2 to 4 p.m. (limited seating), 361 Upson II (six hours total). Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Entering Mid-Term Grades on PeopleSoft: Oct. 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, or Oct. 6, 2 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This session will provide training on entering deficiencies online in PeopleSoft. Presenter: registrar’s office.
  • Understanding Life Insurance: Oct. 4, 10 to 11 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This presentation that is geared to general employee audiences. It takes a look at various types of life insurance and what considerations should be taken to ensure that individuals have the right amount and type(s) of life insurance. We would be able to work in information on the UND group life coverage. This allows a comparison on how group life and individual life complement each other in a financial plan. We look as issue such as when is group life more cost effective and when is individual life more cost effective. This workshop is a great overview. Presenter: Keith Stechmesser, TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company.
  • Estate Planning and Life Insurance: Oct. 4, 1 to 2 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This presentation is geared more for an audience that is a bit older, and may have issues regarding estate planning. Topics covered include a current look at the various levels of taxation that can occur when assets are transferred to beneficiaries. (For example: The total taxes on retirement plans can reach as high as 74 percent). We look at wills and trust and who should have each. We look at how life insurance becomes a tool in a personal estate and how life insurance can be an asset and not an expense. Presenter: Keith Stechmesser, TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company.
  • Defensive Driving: Oct. 4, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


Hanley named Earth system science and policy chair

Rodney Hanley has been named chair of the Earth system and policy graduate program. He has been with UND since 2001 and has been part of the Earth system science and policy faculty since the program’s inception. Hanley is a native of Decatur, Ill., and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from Eastern Illinois University, and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas. He may be contacted at 777-3909 or

— Earth system science and policy


Student ambassador nominations sought

Enrollment Services is accepting applications for student ambassadors for the 2005-2006 academic year. As an integral part of the orientation process, ambassadors work with new students to prepare them for University life. Student ambassadors also talk about UND with students at their high schools, help with recruitment and retention projects, and represent the University at various campus events.

The qualities of a good student ambassador include a strong academic background, involvement in campus and community activities, and effective leadership and communication skills. Students reflecting a positive outlook on campus life and displaying a caring attitude toward their fellow students will best serve this program.

I would appreciate your assistance in recruiting qualified leaders. Please submit the names of students you feel would be an asset to the program to Sharleen Jenniges, enrollment services, Box 8135 or e-mail by Sept. 26. I will send these students information about the program. For more information, please call 777-6468.

— Sharleen Jenniges, enrollment services


Administrative internship opportunities available

Each year, the president’s office and the President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) sponsor a set of professional development programs for faculty and staff at UND. These programs are designed to assist those with an interest in university leadership to broaden their perspectives on issues and policies affecting decisions in higher education. These programs are open to both men and women, though special emphasis is placed on the importance of developing women for professional leadership roles within the University.

The administrative internship component of the presidential leadership programs is designed for faculty and staff interested in additional administrative work. Each year, up to eight participants (at least 50 percent women and 50 percent faculty) are matched with approved internship projects and mentors across campus. On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects and attend monthly meetings to network with other interns. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000, depending on the length of the internship project. To apply, call 777-4824 or e-mail for an application. Completed applications are due Friday, Sept. 29.

This year’s available internships and mentors are as follows:

  • #2005-01: NASULGC/World Bank Task Force
    Mentor: Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost
    Duration: two semesters

    I have served for the last two years as chair of the NASULGC/World Bank Task Force on Education. The role of the task force is to create a closer and more defined working relationship between the World Bank and institutions of higher education in the United States. At the same time, the task force is charged with supporting the goals of the World Bank, especially as they intersect with the policy and interests of tertiary education in the United States. Efforts of the task force over the previous two years have set the stage for a number of events that will engage the Bank and NASULGC member institutions. An example is the recently conducted roundtable on innovations in higher education financing. The administrative intern will work with me in identifying and staging collaborative events with the World Bank. This will involve working directly with World Bank officials and staff, as well as NASULGC member institutions. It will also require some travel to World Bank events. The benefits of this internship include working with higher education leadership, learning about the most pressing issues facing higher education and potential solutions, practicing diplomacy at a relatively high level, and participating in authorship of documents relating to best practices in tertiary education.
  • #2005-02: Air Transportation Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research
    Mentors: Bruce Smith and Paul Lindseth, dean and associate dean for academics, John D. Odegaard School of Aerospace Sciences
    Duration: one to two semesters

    The University, through the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is a key member of the FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research. Research projects, administered through the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, call upon expertise from a wide variety of disciplines. This administrative intern would help facilitate intercampus collaboration of these research projects in an effort to engage a wider range of researchers at the University. In addition to this liaison activity, other projects such as the Army’s High-Performance Computing Project would be a part of the intern’s administrative experience, along with other possible academic dean’s administrative tasks as the internship would allow.
  • #2005-03: Corporate and Foundation Support for Graduate Student Initiatives
    Primary Mentor: Martha A. Potvin, dean, arts and sciences
    Secondary Mentors: Michael Meyer, arts and sciences advancement officer, and Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school
    Duration: two semesters (a course release for faculty may be possible in spring 2006 and/or the possibility of
    attendance at a national conference)

    We would like to provide a leadership and professional development opportunity for an individual who is interested in academic administration and fundraising to identifying opportunities for corporate and foundation support for projects related to graduate students in the arts and sciences. The candidate is expected to gain experience in contacting foundations and corporations, writing proposals, and soliciting support, as well as working with department chairs, graduate faculty and staff in the graduate office and at the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. Individual will develop administrative skills by:
    • working with graduate faculty and leaders from diverse disciplines to develop initiatives/collaborations for funding (Potvin)
    • gaining a working knowledge of the corporate/foundation fundraising process through progressive experience and skill development (Meyer)
    • working with graduate faculty and the graduate office in developing the details and budgets for proposals (Benoit)

    Tangible outcomes may vary with the particular strengths/interests of the intern but could include identification of potential funding sources, proposal submission, face-to-face solicitation and/or funds generated to support graduate education. Interested individuals must have excellent written and oral communication skills and strong computer skills

  • #2005-04: Alumni Accomplishments Project
    Mentor: Charles E. Kupchella, president
    Duration: two semesters

    This administrative intern will work with the president to explore ways to publicize the accomplishments of UND alumni, including developing a high-quality booklet that celebrates some of our most distinguished alumni and a “hall of fame” area with pictures and short bios of distinguished alumni. These and other ideas need to be explored more fully and a proposal developed to present to the Cabinet and campus community.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost


“Re-Creation Through Recreation” will aid hurricane survivors

Students and staff in the recreation and leisure services major are seeking donations of board games, children’s books, coloring and activity books, crayons and colored pencils, Nerf balls, craft kits, and other family recreation items. All will be sent to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf region.

Like most Grand Forks area residents, staff members and some students know firsthand what it is like to lose everything in flood waters. Faculty member Patti Mahar recalls how terrible it felt to not even have a book to read to her 5-year-old son following the flood of 1997. “Most of us in Grand Forks can identify with the hardships faced by the Katrina victims, particularly the families with children. This is one way we really touch their lives,” Mahar said.

The recreation and leisure students understand the importance of family recreation to strengthening families, particularly in times of crisis. They hope that aiding family play will create a greater sense of normalcy in otherwise disrupted lives.

Donations of used or new games and other family recreation items may be dropped off at any Hugo’s store in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Donation boxes will be located near the front of each store. Used materials should be in good condition. The purchase and donation of new games, books, coloring books and other family recreation materials is encouraged.

For more information please call recreation and leisure services, 777-2346, or visit


Calling card donations sought

We are asking all employees to support a Staff Senate effort, Calling Cards for Katrina. We are collecting calling cards or money for calling cards to be sent to colleges and universities for use by employees to communicate with their families.

This will give college employees an opportunity to maintain contact during the stages where they are away from their homes as well as when they are back doing the cleanup and preparing the facilities for their return to teaching, whenever that might be.

We will have collection points at the various staff recognition events. Please help fellow college and universities employees in these trying times.

— Gerry Nies (disability support services), president, Staff Senate


Officers named for U senate committees

The Senate scholarly activities committee chair is Sandra Short (physical education and exercise sciences); the vice chair is B.P. Bandyopadhyay (mechanical engineering). The conflict of interest/misconduct in science committee chair is Mark Askelson (atmospheric sciences); the vice chair is Roseanne McBride (family medicine).


Personal long-distance calls on UND networks are prohibited

I would like to remind the faculty and staff that the UND long- distance telephone and cellular telephone service are to be used only for conducting University business. Use of University long- distance networks for personal calls or non-university business may result in disciplinary action, termination of employment and/or personal liability. State and federal regulations also do not permit this type of activity even if the employee reimburses the University.

Use of the incoming toll-free 1-800 CALLUND line is for the recruiting and advising of prospective students. The toll-free line should not be used for long distance calls to the campus by anyone for any other purpose.

On the UND campus, long-distance calling cards for personal use can be purchased either at telecommunications or the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Many retail establishments located off-campus also sell long-distance calling cards.

— Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations


Continuing education offers certificate programs

Certificate programs in continuing education announces the following online courses. Please call 777-4269 for further information.

ICD-10 Medical Coding: Preparation and Instruction for Implementation — Preparing for and implementing the massive changes to the existing coding system requires that the healthcare industry start preparing for the impacts now. 200 hours

Certified Financial Planner — Program covers financial planning process and insurance, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning and employee benefits, and estate planning. 600 hours
Certified Global Business Professional — Online preparatory program for the examination leading to the Certified Global Business Professional Credential is a prestigious acknowledgement of international business expertise. 400 hours

Global English — Gives each student a 12-month license to the Global English service. This service is designed to accommodate the needs of all levels of students — beginner, intermediate, and advanced in both general and business English curriculum. Unlimited hours

Payroll Certification — Good overall review for the Certified Payroll Professional test given by the American Payroll Association. 80 hours

— Becky Rude, continuing education


Faculty, staff may receive bills

Faculty and staff not registered in a class will receive a monthly billing statement from the business office if any charges have been applied to their account. Statements will be processed and mailed between the 15th and 20th of each month. Payment will be due by the 1st of the next month.

– Wanda Sporbert, business office


Studio One lists features

Professional figure skater Chris Hargreaves will discuss his experiences with “Disney on Ice” performances on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, we’ll take you to the most northern vineyard in Minnesota. See how Two Fools Vineyard overcomes the challenges of a Midwest climate.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Beaverton, Ore.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Fall into fitness by walking

Fresh crisp air is blowing into the Valley and the wellness center is welcoming the season by falling into fitness. Walktober, the Wellness Center’s newest walking program, runs Oct. 1-31.

The program takes a fresh look at fall and provides individuals a fun way to develop a walking plan. As a walker, you will get access to the Walktober online tracking system, energizing e-mails, and great prizes.

The walking challenge is open to the University community for a registration fee of $5. In support of the relief effort for victims of hurricane Katrina, the Wellness Center is offering the option of donating the $5 registration fee to the Red Cross if participants wish. If you choose not to donate the $5 registration fee to the relief effort it will be used to help cover walking challenge costs.

To register for Walktober and welcome fall with your walking shoes on, please contact Amanda Eickhoff at 777-2719 or visit

— Wellness Center


Denim Day is last Wednesday of the month

Denim Day is coming! Wednesday, Sept. 28, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day committee

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